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Father and his child.


Our Services


Catholic Social Services (CSS) is an agency of the

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch delivering social services in Ōtautahi, Christchurch

Catholic Social Services provides much needed support to struggling whānau and individuals across all ages.


We provide counselling for adults, rangatahi, tamariki, whānau, and couples - all the while reflecting the Gospel and the social teachings of the Catholic Church.


We also administer group courses for adults and tamariki covering topics such as:

  • grief and loss

  • conflict resolution

  • emotional awareness

  • anxiety

  • trauma to name a few.

  • Our tamariki and whanau psychology service works with our greater Christchurch diocesan schools meeting the needs of the tamariki and rangatahi.

  • We maintain a very busy food bank to help support those who are struggling to put food on their table.

Catholic Social Service provides a caring safe environment, respectful and non-judgemental treatment, while displaying cultural awareness and complete confidentiality.

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Child & Education Psychology

We provide place-based high quality, professional and time-framed psychology services for our schools, promoting mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as encouraging and enhancing family relationships.



We provide individual, couple and whānau counselling, covering areas such as, depression, grief, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties (for couples and families), stress and children’s behaviour.


Food Bank

Our food bank distributes safe and nutritious food five days a week to individuals and whānau experiencing food insecurity.

Our services are provided free of charge to anyone in our community requiring help.
Contributions towards our work are gratefully accepted and assist us to continue to provide a free service to our community.

MSD approved Service.

“We felt relaxed, informed and empowered."

“We always felt comfortable and safe to talk through what was going on for our family”.

- Service Testimonial -

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